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Please join us for an exclusive virtual conversation with North Carolina Secretary of Commerce Machelle Baker Sanders. This discussion is part of the Dean’s Speaker Series, hosted by Kenan-Flagler Business School Dean Doug Shackelford.

Given the surge of COVID-19 cases across the country and for the safety of all, we have decided to cancel in-person attendance and make the 2022 Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Conference available to all virtually. 

Thank you, Governor Cooper, for taking bold actions in Executive Order 246 to transition North Carolina to a green economy by 2030. The environmental justice provisions in this Executive Order go a long way toward ensuring that the state can achieve the exemplary public health equity goals and targeted outcomes set forth in the recently released Healthy North Carolina 2030: A Path Toward Health report.

Urban Investment Strategies Center Director Jim Johnson, who serves as chairman of the N.C. Department of Environmental Justice and Equity Board and as a member of the task force on social, economic and environmental equity, accompanied Cooper at a press conference in support of the order at N.C. A&T State University.

Kenan Institute Chief Economist Gerald Cohen highlights five hot topics – from labor shortages to cryptocurrency – that business leaders and policymakers will grapple with in 2022.

From exploring the concept of shareholder capitalism to welcoming world-class speakers, Kenan Institute Executive Director Greg Brown shares some exciting things to look forward to in 2022.

COVID-19 brought heightened focus to paid sick leave policies – a benefit to which roughly 25% of civilian workers don’t have access in the U.S. After sick leave mandates were temporarily implemented during the pandemic, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School researchers found employment increased, particularly among low-skilled workers and in industries that previously had little access to paid sick leave. In this week's Kenan Insight, our experts explore possible drivers behind this finding as well as potential policy and business implications.

The Leonard W. Wood Center for Real Estate Studies, along with the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, cohosted the UNC Affordable Housing Symposium last month. Experts in the field, as well as academic professionals, explored how the Triangle housing climate has shifted as business booms in the surrounding area and how the real estate industry can prepare for the future.

Kenan Institute Chief Economist Gerald Cohen reflects on the economic impact of the past year’s events in this holiday special for WRAL TechWire.

North Carolina has been a relatively affordable place to live, but the housing climate is shifting as industry booms. On November 19, join us for the UNC Affordable Housing Symposium where industry and academic experts will explore how the Triangle can prepare for the future. Over the course of three interactive sessions, attendees will learn about an innovative model for preserving affordable workforce housing in high-impact locations, engage in a conversation around the impediments to developing new workforce housing communities, and ponder how shifts to remote work might impact the region’s housing affordability.

Federal, state and local governments worked hard to support businesses as they faced unprecedented challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic — and many of these programs were successful in helping small businesses stay open. In a recent UNC School of Government Carolina Across 100 blog post, Kenan Institute Executive Director Greg Brown breaks down how the government at all levels stepped up to the challenge.

In the continuation of our series exploring stakeholder capitalism – or the idea that businesses might improve societal outcomes by focusing on a broader mandate than profits alone – our experts review the benefits and drawbacks of the existing best-practice model: shareholder capitalism. What works, what doesn’t and what’s changed since Milton Friedman popularized the theory in 1970? Our experts weigh in on whether there are ways to improve outcomes within the framework of shareholder capitalism, or if stakeholder capitalism is ready to take its place.

Our Shared Economic Prosperity Experts

Jeanne Milliken Bonds

Professor of the Practice, Impact Investment and Sustainable Finance, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

    Anusha Chari

    Professor of Economics, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Professor of Finance, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

      Maryann P. Feldman

      S.K. Heninger Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Professor of FinanceFaculty Director of CREATE

      Andra Ghent

      Associate Professor of Finance, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

      Olga Hawn

      Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Sustainability Distinguished Fellow and Faculty Director of the Center for Sustainable Enterprise

      Jim Johnson

      William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Director of the Urban Investment Strategies Center 

      Mark Little

      Executive Director, CREATE

      Jeff Mittelstadt

      Executive Director, Center for Sustainable Enterprise
      Professor of the Practice, Strategy and Entrepreneurship

      Paige Ouimet

      Professor of Finance, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School